As you might have seen in the comments on the Julian Assange piece below, I was approached by XXL magazine to talk about conspiracy theory in the rap world. I had a really interesting conversation with editor Rondell Conway yesterday–I probably learned a lot more from him than he did from me.
I’ve given the subject a fair amount of thought, but I haven’t written about it very much. I confess it baffles and upsets me–it doesn’t make any sense to me that the two groups of people (by whom I mean white bigots and inner city blacks) who put the most credence in the existence of a super-powerful Satanic-Masonic-Jewish conspiracy are the least likely to have any facts about it. I mean, if the conspirators are that powerful and that secretive, then how come the least-connected among us are so well-informed as to their strategies and tactics? And then there’s another mystery. If these people who hate each other so much believe they share the same enemy, then why haven’t they joined forces?
Both groups, it seems to me, would benefit by adopting a more pragmatic politics–one that, rather than pitting itself against a supernaturally potent principle of Supreme Evil, set its sights on changing the system where it’s changeable, so that it would bring tangible benefits into their lives–such as, I don’t know, maybe universal health care, quality free education, fair labor practices, clean air and water, non-toxic food and drink, a better safety net, precisely the kind of thing that the people who invented Protocols of the Elders of Zion-style conspiracism regard as a Communistic assault on liberty and national sovereignty.
Rondell Conway explained to me that conspiracy theory enters rap music via prison culture–which is also, I suspect, where a lot of white supremacists get their education on the subject too.
I learned from Vigilant Citizen that the incarcerated rapper Prodigy connects Jay Z to the Nuwaibian cult (a black nationalist movement that was founded by Dwight D. York in the mid-1970’s, and which combines equal parts of esoteric Masonry, Moorish Science, Nation of Islam, flying saucer lore, and Christian apocalypticism). “J.Z. knows the truth,” he said, “But he chose sides with evil in order to be accepted in the corporate world.”
J.Z is a God damn lie. I have so much fire in my heart that I will relentlessly attack J.Z, Illuminati, and any-every other evil that exists until my lights are put out. This negativity I speak of is an actual living entity that uses us as food. We must sever ties with it in order to see things for what they really are. This negative energy is created and harnessed by the Illuminati secret government and they will make you spread this energy without you even knowing it. But people like J.Z. are very well aware. He was schooled by Dr. York.
Me personally, I think Jay Z’s whole Illuminati schtick is a pose–he isn’t warning his listeners about the plot, he’s pretending that he’s a part of it, that he’s a Roc-a-fella too, a peer of the Rothschilds. It was all a game for him, an exercise in competitive bling, as it were, but it got out of hand. In this interview with Angie Martinez, he sounds downright sheepish. “Am I part of some sect or cult? That sounds stupid to me…..I’m an entertainer at the end of the day. Maybe I’ll push your buttons, but you know.”
Rondell told me about Tupac Shakur and “Killuminati.” I’ve read a lot of conspiracy theory about Tupac’s death, and I’ve read people who seem to think that he was a true believer himself. He wasn’t. “Niggas telling me about that Illuminati shit when I was in jail,” he said in this interview. “That’s another way to keep you un-confident. I’m putting the “k” because I’m killing that Illuminati shit. Trust me. These motherfuckers want to kill you, why the fuck they gonna tell Farrakhan, why they gonna tell the Nation of Islam, why they gonna tell people in jail?”
“By the next election, I promise, I’ll be sitting across from all the candidates….I guarantee you, we WILL have our own political party, and it won’t just be for black people….all you lost tribe motherfuckers–right now, we need to have our own political party because we all have the same motherfucking problem. We built this nation and we get none of the benefits.”